A RARE PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT BLUE AND WHITE TULIP VASES, QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
15,000 - 20,000 USD
A RARE PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT BLUE AND WHITE TULIP VASES
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
after Dutch Delft originals, each modeled with three tiers in square section, surmounted by a tall spire, each tier with four gently flaring spouts at the corners, supported by a rectangular pedestal painted on the sides with either a female nude dancing in a fenced interior, or a winged-cherub among blossoming flowers and foliage, one inscribed at the base with an AK monogram
height 17 ⅛ in.; 43.3 cm
One has one tulip aperture made up and one aperture restuck. This one also has minor cracks to the upper part of the lower section. (Each is made in two sections and affixed together). Chip to edge of base. Some fritting. This one also has a glazed over firing repair to the spire and one duck has collapsed in firing.
The other has one tulip aperture restored (probably made up). Also some restoration to the upper section of the lower part and the lower section of the upper part.
Overall there is some variation in the blue color and in the modelling of ducks.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Christie's London, 2 July 1982
Mallet at Bourdon House, London, 1983
A nearly identical example is in the collection of the Groninger Museum, and illustrated in D. F. Lungsingh Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain, cat. no. 108. This example, along with one of the present pair, bears an AK mark on the base, which belonged to the original Delft maker Adriaen Kocx, who likely created the form. Another pair of nearly identical examples was with Cohen & Cohen, London, reference no. 6172